The national syndicate of the Moroccan press (SNPM) condemned the assassination of the Palestinian journalist of Al Jazeera Shireen Abu Akleh, killed this Wednesday May 11 by a shooting of the Israeli army, in the Jenin camp in the occupied West Bank.
In a statement made public, the union said it had learned “with great pain and anger of the martyrdom of our Palestinian colleague, correspondent for the Al Jazeera news channel, while carrying out her noble mission, in particular the coverage of attempts by the Israeli occupation army to storm the Jenin camp”.
For the SNPM, it is a “premeditated murder” in the sense that “the crime scene did not experience any clashes at the time, and there were only journalists wearing their helmets and protective vests with the badge of the press”.
While condemning a “heinous crime and a hostile terrorist act”, the union called for “an international, independent and transparent investigation under the supervision of the International Criminal Court”.
“We call on the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to consider the targeting of journalists, covering wars and armed conflicts, as a war crime, similar to the targeting of paramedics”, can we read in the communicated.
In the same vein, the union also “rejected the policy of double standards in the treatment of victims of wars, in particular journalists, on the part of international powers which do not show the necessary rigor towards Israeli violations, in particular comparison to their reactions to what is happening in other regions”.
It should be noted that journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, a well-known figure on the Al Jazeera television channel, was killed on May 11 by Israeli army fire while she was covering armed clashes in the occupied West Bank.
Several condemnations have been expressed around the world, in particular that of the League of Arab States, whose general secretariat has pointed to a “heinous crime”.
For the boss of the SNPM, Abdellah Bekkali, the murder of Shireen Abu Akleh at the hands of the Israeli army as a heinous crime, committed on purpose, and which must not go unpunished.
This behavior, Bekkali added, is no stranger to the occupying forces, which are used to killing and destroying.